Rsyncing without RSH or SSH ?

Kevin Korb kmk at
Tue Mar 14 05:17:20 UTC 2017

Rsh should be pretty easy to do.  I don't think it has changed since 
before RH5.2 vintage.

Otherwise, your best bet would be NFS.  I think RH5.2 is new enough for 
NFSv3 but I don't remember for sure.

Alternatively maybe you know someone with a newer SCSI controller.  I 
have several PCI ones and even a PCI-X one I haven't used in years.

On 03/14/2017 12:30 AM, Philip Rhoades via rsync wrote:
> People,
> This doesn't seem possible - would it be possible to hack a version of
> rsync to do it?
> As an exercise, I want to create a VM image (or at least backup of all
> the files with rsync) from a SCSI drive in an old Red Hat (NOT
> Enterprise) v5.2 Linux 486 machine (circa 1999 that does have rsync on
> it but it has protocol problems talking my server).  The 486 has:
> - an ISA Adaptec 1542 SCSI controller attached to a Seagate 2GB drive
> with 6 partitions
> - an ISA ne2000 network card
> - a 1.44MB FD
> So, to be able to create the image of the 2GB SCSI drive that is in the
> 486, I need to boot the 486 on one or more floppy disks and dd the
> /dev/sda drive over SSH to a file on my big Fedora 25 x86_64
> workstation.  I now have Basic Linux booting from floppies but it is
> still 2005 vintage and uses SSH1 and I haven't been able to get the old
> Ciphers, MACs and KexAlgorithms working with my Fedora 25 x86_64 server
> - so I still can't ssh or rsync to it from the 486.  BL does not have
> any rshd . .
> Any possibility of a version of rsync that doesn't need RSH or SSH?
> Even if that hacking were possible, I guess it would have to be done on
> the old rsync code for RH5.2 or BL3.5 . . and I don't know if that stuff
> would still exist anywhere anyway . .
> Thanks,
> Phil.

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